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Peter King
September 20, 1999
1. IndispensableA year ago, who would have thought that the Jets would be taking Sunday's loss of injured quarterback Vinny Testaverde so hard? Coach Bill Parcells would be wise to pluck old hand Jeff Hostetler, who can pick up a system as quickly as anyone, out of retirement. "He knows where I am," Hoss said on Sunday night. Parcells also knows that Hostetler is 38 and hasn't played since 1997. "You just can't dial a quarterback into the system," Parcells said on Monday.
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September 20, 1999

The Buzz

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1. Indispensable
A year ago, who would have thought that the Jets would be taking Sunday's loss of injured quarterback Vinny Testaverde so hard? Coach Bill Parcells would be wise to pluck old hand Jeff Hostetler, who can pick up a system as quickly as anyone, out of retirement. "He knows where I am," Hoss said on Sunday night. Parcells also knows that Hostetler is 38 and hasn't played since 1997. "You just can't dial a quarterback into the system," Parcells said on Monday.

2. The Lion
Kings No Barry Sanders. Wideout Herman Moore goes out in the first quarter with a knee injury. Sanders's replacement, Ron Rivers, runs for 96 yards. Third wideout Germaine Crowell catches seven passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns. The Lions win at Seattle in Seahawks savior Mike Holmgren's debut. Go figure.

3. No Mas
Bucs fans can only hope Trent Dilfer is finally finished as Tampa Bay's quarterback. He single-handedly cost his team a victory against the Giants, whose offense amassed only four first downs and 107 yards en route to a 17-13 win. The New York defense ran back a Dilfer fumble and an interception for two touchdowns. Then came the most ridiculous Dilfer interception ever: He scrambled backward and across the field, and then, as he was falling out-of-bounds, threw the ball right to Giants cornerback Percy Ellsworth to set up a New York field goal with 2:50 left. How can coach Tony Dungy not bench Dilfer for good?

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